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McLaughlin Park - Great
Pros: Some trees and challenges from hills in front of holes.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other Thoughts: A short and quick course that is well manicured. Up wind holes in the stiff Kansas south wind can be killers with the tee boxes elevated. Adds a little challenge though so it is great.
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Pros: Very good starter or practice course. Great when converted to 18 holes (if you know the placement for the back nine.) Park is extremely well maintained.
Cons: 9 holes, No set launch pads.
Other Thoughts: Front nine launch pads would make this a great Ice Bowl course. Set markers or maps avail. to show the back nine layout would improve turnout of players.
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4 Helpful / 0 Not
Better as a driving range
Pros: It's a very good course for beginners to practice on. There are almost no trees to contend with except for holes 2 and maybe 3. Any other trees are off to the side or baby trees. You go over water on hole 4 but it's only about 20 feet of it. No problem even for a beginner. Holes 8 and 9 do have water of to the side and i have lost a disc on nine but if you play conservative, it's not a problem. The water on hole 7 is way off to the right but on my second or third time playing disc golf I somehow managed to fly a disc into the lake. Also the baskets are bright yellow making them easier to find. There are signs attempting to indicate where the basket is on each hole but they're not needed because there is nothing to block the view of the baskets except for hole 2, by far the toughest hole on the course. The signs are really there for the distance. Also, since the course is so small and in a small town, it is never crowded so you can play as slow as you like.
Cons: Some of the holes can get close to innocent bystanders just enjoying a day at the park and you have to be careful of them. There is the water park on hole 1where there are kids everywhere, sometimes there are people playing football on the fairway of hole 3, there's often little kids playing on the rocks just past the tee box of hole 4 (we sometimes have to invent an alternate tee box to stay away from them), Occasionally there are guys flying model planes and standing close to the fairway of hole 5, soccer practice for elementary kids is held just past the basket for hole seven and on the left side of hole 8, there are frequently fishers on the right side of hole 8 and far right side of 9. The course is short, most holes 275-330 ft, and there are almost no obstacles making an easy uninteresting course. There are no signs indicating where the next tee box is from the previous basket and for first timers it can be a little confusing but if you just search for the signs, you'll find them without much problem.
Other Thoughts: My dad and I have been playing this course for a couple years, ever since it was put in. We play it only because it is close and we use it to practice on. Often we will go there and throw 4-5 drives on every tee box and throw every disc in our bags at every basket for putting practice. The course lacks a practice basket but since the course is never crowded, we just use hole 9's for practice since it is closest to the parking lot. Its not worth the trip unless you live close. It's a good starter course and i hope to see it develop later on.
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
Starts off decent, then kinda blah.
Pros: Well maintained park in a nice neighborhood. Plenty of parking. Bright yellow baskets are easily visible. Course map and signage are decent. Good for beginners to learn their skills. Has one longer hole that more advanced players will like (but that's about it).
Cons: Lack of teepads. Some holes that cut a bit close to some non-DG activity. I've never been here on a weekend but I'd suspect this park gets somewhat crowded. After the first four holes, the fun level drops off as there are little to no trees on the last five holes. About the only challenge is not going over the fence or in the water, either of which is reasonably easy. I don't like backtracking back into Hole 6's fairway to get to Hole 7's tee. Course can get spongy after a hard rain.
Other Thoughts: This is a nice effort, and a welcome addition to the courses in the metro Wichita area, esspecially for players who will find the longer 18 hole layouts at Herman, Oak, Derby and Colwich a bit too challenging. Thing is, the park doesn't really feel like its finished. Some trees to spice up those last five holes would go a long way towards improving things.
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3 Helpful / 0 Not
Nice Pitch-and-Putt for a quick round
Pros: The course consists of 9 home-made baskets that, for the most part, catch discs well. The course flows fairly well, and tends to go around the perimeter of the park, circling a pond, with OB roads to the south, and an OB parking long and fence to the north and east. The course also features some moderate elevation (actually severe elevation for South-Central Kansas) on holes 5-7. The risk of losing discs is moderately low, but a very errant drive could wind up in the murky pond or over the fence in some unforgiving tall grass. Most people won't argue the toughest hole on the course is hole 2, a 410' blind shot with a tight fairway, and OB parking lot left (and disc eating spruces to the right). The park itself is well-maintained- the city mows it regularly and keeps it fairly trash-free. Other amenities are also available, such as restrooms, trash cans, benches, and even a sheltered picnic area.
Cons: Other than the second hole, all the holes are fairly short (under 350', hole 4 is only 197'), and after the second hole, all the holes can be birdied easily. The walk from hole 6's basket to hole 7's tee pad is long, and the two holes are almost identical in distance and elevation change. The tee pads are all natural, and ruts are beginning to form on all holes, which are frequently muddy. The tee pad for hole 6 is on the side of a hill, which is beginning to wash out, which creates a hazard that could lead to injury. The basket on hole 4 is missing its outer ring, so all of the outer chains float freely, reducing the ability of this basket to catch discs. Holes 5 and 6 are at the back edge of the park, and are not mowed as frequently as the other holes are. Other activities in the park can also be in the way. A splash park was (stupidly) placed just off of the fairway for hole 1. Also, a softball field's fence can be reached easily with an errant drive on 3. Fishermen also can get in the line of fire on hole 8. The potential for incident is amplified with a strong south wind (which isn't uncommon in this part of the country in spring/summer/fall). The city has a tendancy to over-water, so the low spots are always marshy, and the whole course gets marshy and stays that way for a few days after rain, which leads to horrid mosquitos in the summer.
Other Thoughts: This course is completely unprotected from a south wind, and is fairly unprotected to the north too. That may be a con to some, but makes this a great place to practice your wind game, especially in the summer.
The course does have some very basic tee signs that show a few landmarks, and give the hole length, which is really all the information required to play the hole.
Summer days can lead to a large crowd of children on the splash park by hole 1's fairway. These children are usually oblivious to disc golfers, and may run onto the fairway with little to no notice, so use caution (and the course was there BEFORE the splash park for the record).
Ultimately, this course could probably be labeled as a 'pitch-and-putt', but most of the holes are around or over 300 feet long, and throw in one of those strong Kansas winds out of the south, and suddenly this place becomes a little more challenging. In my opinion, given the space to work with, the designer did as good of a job with the course as was possible. Great for a quick round if you're in the area, but definitely not worth a road trip to play alone.
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